Manjimup council leads in stance on dementia

Tari JeffersManjimup-Bridgetown Times

The Shire of Manjimup is the first Local Government to receive Australia’s Alzheimer’s WA Certificate of Commitment for its dedication to achieving a dementia friendly community.

In partnership with Alzheimer’s WA, Manjimup Shire Council is implementing a set of principles designed to meet the criteria of a dementia friendly community.

A dementia friendly community is one where people living with dementia are empowered to have high aspirations and feel confident, knowing they can contribute and participate in activities that are meaningful to them.

Alzheimer’s WA community liaison officer Trish McCourt presented the certificate to Manjimup shire president Paul Omodei at Manjimup Home and Community Care on September 29.

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“It is fitting to be presented this certificate during National Dementia Awareness Month,” Cr Omodei said.

Ms McCourt will work from the Manjimup Community Resource Centre one day a week and oversee a working group consisting of representatives from Alzheimer’s WA, Shire of Manjimup, Southern Forests Medical Centre, Rotary Club, Commonwealth Bank, Moonya Lodge, the CRC and two residents, with the aim to educate the public and businesses about dementia.

Cr Omodei added his thanks to HACC manager Liz Lockyear for her leadership and also acknowledged the value of elderly people in the community and their wealth of knowledge and experience.

“A community-based approach to people living with dementia is recognised in our Friendly Community Plan and our Access and Inclusion Plan,” he said.

“I am proud of the initiatives the shire is undertaking towards becoming dementia friendly, which include dementia friendly principles being implemented at the Wellness and Respite Community Centre which is currently under construction and the Town Centre Revitalisation Project.”

Ms McCourt will be organising meetings with businesses, service providers, clubs and the community to talk about the dementia friendly community project.

To get involved email Trish.McCourt@alzheimers.org.au.

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